Long Track Events Move To Ft.St. John
l-r Stuart Ballantyne, Christina Chenard, Phil Bealieu, Anthony Everitt, and Sue Hyland
Prince George BC- Plagued with mild temperatures that have forced the delay in long track competition at the outdoor ice oval , Canada Winter Games officials have decided to move long track speed skating to Ft St John.
Games CEO Stuart Ballantyne says the goal of the Games was to provide an exceptional experience for the athletes, and despite the efforts of dedicated volunteers who did everything they could to have the oval ready for early morning competition, the ice conditions are just not good enough.
“For the safety of the athletes it is the only option open to us” says Christina Chenard of Speed Skating Canada.
There are 63 skaters and 75 parents to move to Ft. St.John. A flight, and bus have been arranged to move folks.
Competition is slated to start Wednesday.
Ballantyne says they hope to have everyone back to Prince George in time for their departing flights on Saturday.